Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work (IBSW)

The IBSW is a speciality degree that applies Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies to social work practice.

Program Details

As a member of the First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC), Yellowhead Tribal College plans to deliver an Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work degree that applies Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies to social work practice. Graduates of this program qualify for employment in all areas of social work provincially, nationally, and internationally. 

Mode of Delivery

The YTC IBSW program is a full-time program delivered through the learning circle model. Courses will be delivered Friday evenings from 5 pm - 9 pm and all day Saturdays from 8 am - 5 pm. This mode of delivery will allow both employed and full-time funded students to complete the program.

Program Admission Deadlines

For the September 2019 intake, YTC will begin accepting applications and documents in January 2019

Because the Indigenous Social Work Diploma Program is cohort-based, we admit a group of students only once every two years. The next intake is for Fall 2019

**Please note: Yellowhead Tribal College is still accepting applications for the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work (IBSW) program for the 2019/2020 Academic Year. Delivery will begin in September 2019 although the full approval from the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) has yet to be received. All applicants will be notified upon approval from the CASWE. 

For further information on this program, please contact:

Brenda Lemay, Admissions Officer
780-484-0303, 6158

Admission requirements

All applicants must: 

  • Possess an accredited diploma in Social Work, a diploma in Indigenous Social Work is preferred. Applicants with a non-Indigenous Social Work Diploma must have a strong Indigenous foundation in their practice or diploma, and other non-social work courses or degrees. 
  • Complete and submit to YTC the social work package which can be printed from the website, below.
  • Complete a YTC application and submit the application fee.

Information on the IBSW

Courses offered in Indigenous Social Work program

Coming soon.